Eliminate Procrastination with To-Do Lists


I’ve spent the last month planning my year-end To-Do’s. I’ve been looking over, adding to, and deleting items on my 2014 plan. I like to plan, but for me, setting up my To-Do’s is more about seeing where I am going, knowing how close I am to achieving my goals and looking back to see what I’ve accomplished. 

While going through the process this year, I was scanning an assortment of materials from  the internet, books and more,  for information on planning and organizing To-Dos. I came across an article on success.com, “To-Do lists of the Wealthy” based on the book by Tom Corley, “Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals.” I have not read the book yet, but the thing that struck me about the article was the inclusion of how a To-Do list helps with procrastination.

Most people do not see a To-Do list as a procrastination eliminator. But think about it. When you know what you are doing, because you’ve already set up your To-Do list, all you need to do is follow the list each day. You don’t have to sit at your desk in the morning wondering what you should do, because your list is right in front of you. Procrastination that is not associated with depression most often takes place because a person is torn between multiple tasks. A prioritized To-Do list eliminates this.

I’ve noticed time and time again that if I don’t have a To-Do list, I get less done. This may seem obvious, but if you’re like me, you have often thought that you could keep your To-Do list in your head. The belief is that you can commit the list to memory and get everything done. What usually happens is you find yourself allowing interruptions,  doing things that do not matter, or even scheduling appointments when you do not fully know if you really have time to commit to a 3 hour lunch tomorrow?

So use a To-Do list. It is the best way to get things done, accomplish your goals, track your progress, and keep moving closer to the result you want.

All the best success to you in 2014. Cheers to a Prosperous and Fulfilling 2014!

About Shelly Miller

Entrepreneur, marketer and social psychologist - I help you make the most of your business with marketing, online and offline.

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